We start the book of Judges. The judges of this cultural time were not judges in the same way we think of a judge today. Not only did they decide court cases presented to them, but their primary purpose was also to lead the people to God. Many of God’s judges then were military leaders. The Israelites were caught up with the gods of their neighbors. These local gods centered on agricultural cycles and fertility. Perhaps the Israelites saw the cycle of life as presented by nature attractive and maybe more understandable and it related to their life. What they missed was everything that dies has no hope of eternal life. God only offers eternal life.
This ties together well with the gospel reading of the rich young man. What must I do to gain eternal life? It is the word “do” that shows his lack of understanding.
You cannot gain eternal life by what you do. Following the ten commandments is a good start. Did you notice the commandments Jesus listed all had to do with human relationships? And just like in a human relationship it must be more than just doing things for each other. There must be a foundation of love, respect, and trust. You do not get by with just the minimum adherence to the commandments. You must have faith in God. That is the true meaning to life.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen